What’s journalism’s future? Does it have a future at all?
For the last four days, a very mixed bag of veteran journos, aspiring freelancers, impoverished writers, students, film makers, trouble makers and even the odd academic have been meeting at the Storyology conference in Sydney, trying to work out where journalism is heading. Talk was seasoned by the knowledge that even some of the more famous, who came along to chair sessions, had recently found themselves going nowhere; redundant as a digital tsunami rolled through their mainstream media. So much of the conference buzz was really about “How do I make a living?”, in a world where tech nerd start ups were eclipsing century old newspaper mastheads.
They were told to learn, evolve and take control.
Thailand’s media may look modern and espouse free speech but its hedged by self censorship and hemmed by traditional values. Vorani Vanijaka, the Editor of Thailand’s GQ, is keenly aware of the contradictions.
He’s a former political commentator, who has managed to offend many of Thailand’s elite. “You can criticise anyone from the Prime Minister down, which is something you can’t do in most southeast Asian countries” he said. Thailand boasted of a sophisticated and pervasive media, including the million circulation Thai Rath newspaper, national television networks and hundreds of radio stations.
But there were unstated limits on what Thai journalists reported.
Investigative journalism takes money, time and skill. If you listened to your accountant, you would never do it.
Aniruddah Bahal is the founder and editor in chief of CobraPost, a non profit Indian Investigative journalism website. He was in Sydney to speak at the Storyology conference organised by the Walkley Foundation.
We try to expose stories about political corruption and religious misconduct. We want to bring accountability in our system and deepen democracy. In India, we have a lot of wasteful spending. If we can do stories pulling up organisations or people for having misspent resources, we can go a long way benefiting the Indian economy.
Journalism is society’s disinfectant, according to Kevin Davis. Davis describes himself as a former entertainment journalist who found his old job neither entertaining nor newsworthy. “If we are to remain a free people, then we [journalists] must keep power at bay,” he said.
“We do the sort of accountability journalism the commercials aren’t interested in,” Davis said. More…
Dear Professor den Hollander,
Let me introduce myself.
I have been a journalism Professor for fourteen years and a journalist for more than forty. In that time, I have reported and researched east and southeast Asia where freedom of speech is not considered a given, but is regularly contested by journalists seeking to widen it and authorities who may find its use uncomfortable.
Its an issue dear to me and many of my Asian colleagues some of whom have faced intimidation, beatings, imprisonment, and on occasion assassination. More…
Tonight I was asked to speak to a Turkish business circle about my recent visit to Turkey…a tough call. Here’s the draft text of the speech :
Warwick Fairfax meets the press
Fairfax Media spiraled into decline as a series of Boards of Directors misunderstood or just ignored technological changes, as they maneuvered for perceived political and commercial influence. The cost cutting, centralisation and redundancies which resulted from this decline, may have saved money but they also squandered the news group’s intangible but critical advantages. It seemed that the Boards didn’t really know what made Fairfax unique.
ABC journalists are being asked to provide Twitter handles so that their audiences can communicate directly with them.
The handles will be broadcast at the end of television stories. They are not intended to replace report indentifications at the beginning of television news packages. More…
How do you ensure accuracy with speed, so that social media driven journalism is credible?
Conciseness, the ability to summarise complex stories in the 140 characters demanded by microblogs such as Twitter, should already be a given.
However, some twitterati often appear to be unconcerned whether the information they distribute is correct, coherent or even recent.